An open letter to all our nurses from Josie Spencer on International Nurses Day 2020.
"In only a few short weeks the world has become a very different place for all of us, both personally and professionally. The World Health Organization named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, at that time not knowing that nurses would be on the frontline of a world pandemic. 2020 was chosen as the Year of the Nurse as this is the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Today, just like Florence Nightingale, nurses have risen to these, our most challenging times, with courage, dedication and bravery.
As the front line of a world health crisis, nursing professionals need our support now more than ever. Their skill, sacrifice, commitment and unwavering bravery during the coronavirus pandemic make a lifesaving difference every day. So today, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our nurses for the wonderful and vital job you are doing in these very difficult times. Compassion and expertise are demonstrated by NCHC nurses every day, whether you work in one of our community hospitals, outpatients or patients’ homes. Healthcare is ever changing and nurses never stop learning, handling these changing times with grace and dignity.
Thank you for your courage, compassion and dedication to our patients. I can honestly say more than ever I am proud to be part of the nursing profession. Sadly, today we cannot have the events we had envisaged, but what we can do is take some time to reflect. I am so proud of you all. Please don’t be quite as humble as you usually are and think about what a fantastic job you are all doing. I am sure that the people of Norfolk and Suffolk are very thankful that you are all here doing such a fantastic job."